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In Rwanda, more than half the vehicles on roads are ‘moto-taxis’. They are the backbone of the country’s transport system. Ampersand, a fast-growing electric motorbike company in Kigali, is allowing motorbike taxi drivers to save money and cut emissions.
Rwanda became the headquarters of Africa’s innovation financing facility, known as timbuktoo Africa Innovation Foundation. The foundation launched by African leaders in January this year at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, is a bold partnership between UNDP, African governments, and the private sector.
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Like many parts of Africa, motorcycles are the most popular form of transportation among Rwanda’s 13.3 million people. Whether they’re commuting to work or school, transporting jugs of water from the local taps or just running everyday errands, people on “motos” can be found zipping up and down most busy streets in the East African nation.
The European Union has secured a critical raw materials deal with Rwanda, expanding collaboration between the two sides – particularly in the solar sector. A friendly regulatory environment deserves credit for helping to fast-track the adoption of solar, according to local analysts.
OX Delivers, an e-mobility transport service company based in the UK, has received a £1.2 million ($1.5 million) grant from Energy Catalyst, an Innovate UK programme, to help it roll out all-electric OX4 trucks in Rwanda and expand in the global South. It intends to build the OX4 truck in March 2024 and deliver it for assembly in local markets.
As of end of Dec 2023, the off-grid energy access rate was 21.4 per cent of all Rwandan households with access to electricity. Households far away from the planned national grid coverage were encouraged to use alternatively cheaper connections such as mini-grids and solar photovoltaics (PVs).
This funding round was spearheaded by the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) and saw participation from notable investors such as Acumen and the Hard Edged Hope Fund. Other prominent investors included Beyond Capital Ventures, TotalEnergies, Societe Petrolieres du Rwanda, Alphamundi VC, and EIF.

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